Strategies to Increase Critical Thinking Skills in students

Matthew JosephBlog, Competency Based Learning, Engagement, Lesson Planning

In This Post: The importance of helping students increase critical thinking skills. Ways to promote the essential skills needed to analyze and evaluate. Strategies to incorporate critical thinking into your instruction. We ask our teachers to be “future-ready” or say that we are teaching “for jobs that don’t exist yet.” These are powerful statements. At the same time, they give … Read More

Teaching Is A Journey, Not A Destination

Aubrey JonesBlog, Class Management, Competency Based Learning, Engagement, Innovation, Self-Paced Learning

In This Post: Teaching is not a destination. It is a journey of growth. Reflect on what your life as a student was like. Change in the classroom won’t happen allĀ  at once. Learning should be student-centered. The Beginning Lately, I have been reflecting on my school experience. As a student, I experienced the rigid rules of Catholic school. The … Read More

Change Your Grading Practices, Change Student Behavior

Rae HughartBlog, Competency Based Learning, Engagement, Lesson Planning, Mastery Learning, Standards-Based Grading

In this Post: Classroom management is defined as the process by which teachers and schools create and maintain appropriate behavior of students in classroom settings Enhance management by finding time to meet with students for a more personalized approach to learning Make a deliberate choice to connect feedback to student understanding According to the American Psychological Association based out of … Read More

3 Ways to Focus on the “Why” Instead of the “What” – Building Deeper Meaning in Learning

Tiffany OttBlog, Competency Based Learning, Engagement, Innovation, Lesson Planning, Mastery Learning, Self-Paced Learning, Standards-Based Grading

In this post: How to move from “What” to “Why” Dive into DoK to deepen the learning Just ask! The power of asking your students “Why” Don’t rob students of the chance to discover and go deeper Ban “What” From Your Classroom Education has long been far too focused on the acquisition of information and learning how to follow algorithms … Read More

It’s About Why, Not What – Getting Beyond the Facts and into the Meaning Behind the Learning

Tiffany OttBlog, Competency Based Learning, Innovation, Lesson Planning, Mastery Learning, Self-Paced Learning

In this post: What really matters in learning – and why we so often miss it Please, don’t use the butterfly method or impose death-by-grammar-worksheets How to move from “What” to “Why” 3 ways you can make the shift right now Picture this – you are sitting in your next staff meeting and the district has brought in someone to … Read More